China's recent ventures into space and it muscling about are hints of global, long-view, geopolitics at work. A sneak-peak at the way the world truly works. On the World News Desk there are three related stories. Not world-altering stories but interesting regional stories on China and it's economy.
If one were to behave like a historian of the future looking back on today's events there is quite a bit of room for interpretation. One given: China is well aware of peak-oil and is acting accordingly. With this given statement about China, one possible interpretation of the three articles is:
China is purposefully over-producing steel and other resources while there is still enough carbon-based energy to do so. Doing this while it's factories are still functionally (unlike the US, Europe, and even Russia) and trying to stockpile the materials for some future need: war and/or rebuilding.1 China is doing this knowing that current electricity production is strained and populations are demanding more of a share. To keep some citizens happy and trim excess electrical overload, China is separating itself into two clear classes (those who can't and can afford electricity. This gives the wealthy Chinese some time to play, and excess supply is directed at factory production. This is a conscious effort before electrical production begins to further degrade as global energy supplies diminish.3 China needs to extend it's military reach to achieve and protect the two previous trends.2
The Chinese military will help secure (steal) resources from other parts of the world.
The Chinese military will help stabilize local populations from rioting over the fleecing of their remaining natural resources.
The Chinese military will be more ready to preemptively strike or immediately respond to an enemy of it's interest.
This name of the game in this interpretation of geopolitics is: based on long-term survival of national/ethnic groups as energy supplies dwindle. This brief window in human history is closing: a highly technical, carbon-energy based, overpopulated, and unsustainably industrialized civilization. This may be the pinnacle of human civilization... only time will tell. -- Collapsenet Staff
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